Artak Davtyan named chief of army staff by force of law – Pashinyan

March 22, 2021 – 12:59 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The decision to appoint Artak Davtyan in the post of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces has come into force, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday, March 22.

“Artak Davtyan is considered to be appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of by force of law,” Pashinyan wrote on Facebook Monday, March 22.

After the country’s top military brass demanded Pashinyan’s resignation in late February, the PM said he had already dismissed the chief of the Army General Staff. On March 2, President Armen Sarkissian decided to not sign a draft decree on Onik Gasparyan’s dismissal, but did not send the proposal to the Constitutional Court either, thus paving the way for his dismissal by what officials described as “force of law”.

Davtyan served as the Chief of the General Staff from May 24, 2018 to June 8, 2020, when he was replaced by Onik Gasparyan.

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